Guest post by N: a literary Halloween

N is gearing up for Halloween. Actually she’s been doing that since the spring, but her costume is taking shape now, and that is always exciting. It’s a literary theme this year, which reminds me of when N was three and she dressed as Mary Poppins. This year she’ll be Hermione-Granger-from-book-3 (an important distinction, I’m told), and her friend A from up the street will be Dorothy Gale. I love these costumes the best when they are home-made, or pieced together from things found here and there. N and I took a trip to Value Village and N made a bee-line for the costume section with its ready-made vampires and lions. But we quickly discovered that the best things were in the main part of the store, hanging on racks among the ordinary clothes, waiting for us to discover them.

N stayed up late last night scribbling her ideas for Hermione and A’s ideas for Dorothy into a new book she’s just begun. Here are a couple of excerpts from “Halloween Costume Making”:

How to make a Hermione costume

You will need: a black jacket with a hood that should have no zippers or buttons. The sleeves should look like this:

If you don’t have that, you can take the zipper or the button off it and use black fabric and sewing glue and attach a long part to the bottom of the sleeve. You will also need a white shirt that has a collar, a grey sweater with a V neck, a red and yellow striped tie, a skirt like this:

(it should also be grey or black). You will also need leggings or grey tites.

How to make a Dorothy costume

You will need: a blue and white cheker fabric, elastic, sewing glue, and an old basket. What you need to do: you need to make sure that the fabric is the right size, and you need to make a loop the wideness of the elastic, and close the bottom of the loop with the glue, then put the elastic in the littel holes:

If you have a chekerd blue and white t-shirt that wood do, if not then colour an old white t-shirt with blue and white squares. You can decorate the old basket and put a stuffed dog in it (for Toto). You will also need to get a reddish brownish wig for her hair. You will also need an old pair of shoes and put red glitter all over them.

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11 responses to “Guest post by N: a literary Halloween

  1. Lenny

    “Practically perfect in every way”!

  2. That photo is among the loveliest things I’ve seen. And is that a parrot on the umbrella? Oh my!

  3. Good eye! That’s a parrot all right.

  4. Oh, this post is adorable and so is N. She’s a creative type just like her mom and dad, clearly. Love the Mary Poppins photo, and also her rendering of Dorothy and her accessories.

    • jim

      And to think that Halloween was being pooh-poohed around the pool here last night. I can just see her concentration and anticipation.. Of course it was not helped when I told tales about what we did on Halloween way back when——–.

  5. Marilyn

    Love that photo! With all those ideas maybe she’ll be a designer when she grows up.

  6. Ann T

    I confess to not being a great fan of Halloween at this time in my life. When I was a child dressing up I loved it! I even loved it when my oldest son was little because he adored dress-up as much as I do, and despite living on a country road where there are no trick-or-treaters, we still carved our pumpkin and lit spooky candles and made a big deal out of driving into town to take part.
    My youngest was never thrilled with dress-up or costumes, and it was a struggle to convince him to take part in the whole trick-or-treat thing despite reading excellent books like Beneath the Ghost Moon, by Jane Yolen. Now that he’s a new teenager, we’re past the pressure of Halloween, but we still carve our pumpkin together and light the spooky candles, and if I’m lucky, he lets me read my favourite lines from Jane Yolen’s book “But creeping from corners, and creeping down walls, and creeping from out of old dark cellar halls….Came crimson and green things that gibbered and laughed, to steal all the face masks and tear them in half.” bwa ha ha……

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